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Rugby World Cup 2021 Trophy Tour to celebrate women’s rugby past & present

  • RWC 2021 Trophy Tour from April to September will reach fans across Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in lead up to tournament
  • Trophy Tour offers chance to see silverware up close, take part in fun rugby activities, learn about the women's game and meet women's rugby stars
  • Trophy Tour is a part of RWC 2021 'Leverage & Legacy Programme' to inspire the next generation and celebrate the history of women's rugby in the South Pacific
  • Launch date 6 April marks 31 years since first ever women's Rugby World Cup in Wales in 1991
  • World Rugby to add 1991 and 1994 winners to trophy in significant step to recognise important contribution to the women’s game
  • RWC 2021 host city partner Auckland Unlimited has commissioned all-female multimedia production studio Jogie & Co to produce promotional video shot by pioneering female sports photographer Jo Caird and videographer, ex-England Red Roses captain Paula George

Today marks the start of the Rugby World Cup 2021 Trophy Tour which kicks off in Auckland, New Zealand – the home of the iconic Eden Park where the opening match day will be staged on 8 October, 2022.

Twelve of the world’s top women’s international teams will gather in New Zealand for the pinnacle tournament in women's 15s rugby which culminates on 12th November when the winning team will be crowned champions.

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Today's date also celebrates 31 years to the day since the very first women's Rugby World Cup on 6 April, 1991. In a significant step to recognise those involved in the 1991 and 1994 tournaments, World Rugby is adding the winners to the trophy in honour of the important contribution of those involved to the history of the women’s game.

The Trophy Tour will set off from Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland on a journey spanning six months from April to September and over 2,000 kilometres. The tour will reach fans in every corner of Aotearoa New Zealand, including Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands off the east coast of the South Island. A detour across the South Pacific will also see the trophy take in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands, as part of Rugby World Cup 2021's Championing Oceania programme to grow and support women and girls' rugby in the islands.

The RWC 2021 Trophy Tour will shine a light on women's rugby greats throughout New Zealand and around the world with exclusive video interviews with past players and by taking in stops of historical significance to women's rugby; from where the very first match was played in 1888 between Wellington Girls High School and a Salvation Army team, to Palmerston North where Manawatū played Hawke's Bay in the first women’s provincial match and to Lancaster Park where the Black Ferns first took the pitch as an official New Zealand team in 1989.

Tour stops will offer the public an opportunity to get up close with the silverware, test their skills with rugby activities, learn about the history of the women’s game and meet some of their women's rugby heroines. The calendar has been developed in consultation with New Zealand's Provincial Rugby Unions and aims to support rugby events involving schools and clubs in each region. The tour will conclude just as gates open to fans across the three host stadiums in Auckland and Whangārei - Eden Park, Waitākere Stadium and Northland Events Centre.

World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont, said: "We are delighted to be launching the Rugby World Cup 2021 Trophy Tour in Auckland; the city that will host the opening match day of the pinnacle women's 15s tournament, and what is set to be a spectacular celebration of women’s rugby later this year.

"The Trophy Tour is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase women's rugby to a nation that is hugely passionate about sport. It is our ambition to continue to build up excitement for Rugby World Cup and to inspire the next generation of female rugby players as the trophy travels over 2,000 kilometres to clubs, schools and community projects throughout New Zealand.

"Today also marks a very special moment in Rugby World Cup history as we announce the engraving of the 1991 and 1994 winners onto the trophy. Those involved played a significant role in paving the way for the players of today, and it is only right that their contribution to the women’s game is recognised in this way."

Rugby World Cup 2021 Tournament Director, Michelle Hooper, said: "The Rugby World Cup 2021 Trophy Tour gives us the opportunity to share in the excitement of hosting the tournament on home soil with Kiwis the length and breadth of New Zealand. It’s such a proud moment for us as a country and we know that people nationwide will welcome teams and visitors with open arms come October.

"It's incredible the impact that seeing the trophy up close has on fans young and old. We hope it will inspire our tamariki and rangatahi to aim high and see a pathway for themselves within rugby in Aotearoa and perhaps learn a little bit about the rich history of the women’s game dating back to the first Rugby World Cup in 1991 and over a century earlier when the first women laced up their boots."

Rugby World Cup 2021, from 8 October to 12 November, is the biggest global event in women's 15s rugby and will be contested by the top 12 teams in the world in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Italy, Japan, South Africa, USA, Wales, and Scotland. The Trophy Tour is an opportunity for fans throughout New Zealand to play a part in what will be a global celebration of women’s rugby on home soil.

The RWC 2021 Trophy Tour forms part of a wider legacy programme aimed at ensuring this year's tournament, the first women’s Rugby World Cup to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, has a lasting impact on the women’s game beyond the final whistle. Its purpose is to not only generate excitement towards the tournament and inspire the next generation of women’s rugby players, but to celebrate women's rugby history in the South Pacific and to honour the legends that have paved the way forward.

Rugby World Cup 2021 host city partner Auckland Unlimited has commissioned Jogie & Co, an all-female multimedia production business, to produce a promotional video for the tour capturing the trophy alongside Pasifika and Māori cultural elements and iconic Auckland locations. The women behind the lens are videographer Paula George, known as Georgie, who has competed at four Rugby World Cups, including being part of the winning England Red Roses side in 1994, and her wife, Jo Caird, the first official All Blacks photographer and a pioneer of female sports photography.

Today's launch also falls on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) which takes place annually on 6th April and presents an opportunity to recognise the positive role sport and physical activity can play in communities across the globe.

RWC 2021 Principal Charity Partner, ChildFund  – through its rugby for development unit, ChildFund Rugby  – is currently working to provide vulnerable women and girls in New Zealand and Oceania with the opportunities to learn new life skills to overcome challenges and become active leaders in their communities.

Visit the ChildFund Rugby website www.childfundrugby.org for more details.

Team and Venue ticketing packs for Rugby World Cup 2021 will go on sale on at 1030am NZT Friday, 8 April, offering access to every game of the tournament including semi-finals and both the final and bronze final. Go to Home | Rugby World Cup 2021 from Friday to purchase.

RWC 2021 is targeting a world record attendance at the triple-header opening match day at Eden Park where the five-time Rugby World Cup winning Black Ferns will take on Australia. Eden Park will then create history again by becoming the first stadium to host both the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup finals.

The historic tournament is one of the Big Four events taking place in Aotearoa over the next 18-months, preceded by the Cricket World Cup 2022 this month and followed by the IWG World Conference on Women & Sport in November and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

For more information and to keep up to date with the RWC 2021 Trophy Tour go to Home | Rugby World Cup 2021

 

Key Trophy Tour Dates

NB: new dates are being added pending confirmation from provincial unions. Please contact maryke.penman@nzrugby.co.nz for the latest calendar.

6th April

Auckland

RWC 2021 Trophy Tour Launch

 

12th April

Manawatu

Junior Cup

Ongley Park

13th April

Wairarapa

Gala Day – RWC 2021 festival for junior and secondary schools

Memorial Park

26th April

Auckland

Auckland girls’ activator & WRDO day

Auckland

28th April

Manukau

Counties Manukau inaugural girls’ only holiday program U8-U13

Auckland

7th May

Wellington

Junior and women’s games

Petone Recreation Ground

3rd May

Christchurch

Christchurch girls’ activator & WRDO day

Christchurch

4th May

Northland

Girls rippa rugby pilot

Northland Rugby Union

9th and 10th May

Stewart Island

Mastercard Youth Unstoppable rugby session with Oceana Campbell

Half Moon Bay School

10th May

Whakatane

Future Ferns Day - rippa and tackle

Whakatane, Rugby Park

12th May

Hawke’s Bay

Rippa tournament – years 5 and 6

Ron Georgie Park, Flaxmere

15th May

Te Kuiti

Opening day for King Country
secondary school 10s tournament

Rugby Park, Te Kuiti

18th May

Thames

Primary school rippa rugby day

Paeroa Domain

20th May

Auckland

Women’s RWC 2021 Year in Celebration Women & Girls event and evening club match

Ponsonby Rugby Club

21st May

Auckland

Junior girls’ club launch

Varsity

25th May

Thames Valley

Secondary school girls’
rippa tournament

Ngātea Domain

28th May

Taupō

U20 Super Rugby next generation

Owen Delaney Park

3rd June

Waikato

Rippa rugby festival day

 

5th June

Tauranga

Local schools’ day

Bay of Plenty Rugby

6th June

TBC

PAC4 match 1

TBC

11th June

Auckland

Community activation Waitākere

Waitākere

11th June

Taumarunui Domain

Rugby day for junior, secondary schools and clubs and PAC4

Taumarunui

12th June

TBC

PAC4 match 2

 

17th – 18th June

Whangārei

Sport Northland event

Whangārei

22nd & 23rd June

Auckland

North Harbour/Helensville RFC

North Harbour Domain

2nd July

TBC

Steinlager Series: 1st Test

TBC

6th July

Northland

Secondary Schools Girls 10s Festival

Kaikohe RFC

7-11 July

Papua New Guinea

Oceania Trophy Tour

Papua New Guinea

9th July

TBC

Steinlager Series: 2nd Test (All Blacks)

TBC

14-16 July

Tonga

Oceania Trophy Tour

Tonga

16th July

TBC

Steinlager Series: 3rd Test (All Blacks)

TBC

16-18th July

Whangarei

Opening of Pohe Island

Northland

22nd July

Wellington

Mick Williment (player development week) U18 girls

Fraser Park Sportsville

9th August

Northland

South zone year 7 – 8 girls’ rippa festival - RWC 2021 themed

Kamo RFC

11th August

Northland

North zone year 7 – 8 girls’ rippa festival - RWC 2021 themed

Eastern Rugby Club

19th August

Christchurch

Black Ferns -Community activation CRFU

 

13-17 August

Cook Islands

Oceania Trophy Tour

Cook Islands

TBC

Christchurch

Laurie O'Reilly match

Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch

24th August

Northland

Northland-wide year 9-10 rippa rugby festival - RWC 2021 themed

Northland Rugby Union

27th August

Auckland

Girls’ non-contact festival

North Harbour

27th August

TBC

The Rugby Championship

TBC

29th,30th,31st August

Palmerston North

Central girls’ cup event for secondary schools

Central Energy Trust Arena

5th- 8th  September

Samoa

Oceania Trophy Tour

Samoa

3rd September

TBC

The Rugby Championship

TBC

16-19 September

Fiji

Oceania Trophy Tour

Fiji

23rd September

Hawke’s Bay

Switch Gala Day

TBC

23rd September

Auckland

Trophy returns for RWC 2021

Auckland